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March 6, 2013 • admin

A small daily difference for students

As a PEF College Advisor and a mother of three children, I truly believe that education can level the playing field for all students.  This is especially true of one of my seniors, Jenny Hua, who received a “surprise” visit from Queens University of Charlotte, NC with an award of over $120,000 in scholarships! The Assistant Director of Admissions stated Jenny was among 360 students interviewed for the Presidential Scholarship and was one among twelve that was chosen.  I believe this speaks volumes about the commitment of our students, faculty and staff, administration and partnership with PEF to ensure all students have an opportunity to pursue their post-secondary goals.

As a College Advisor, I have the privilege to work with wonderful students and assist them in completing college applications, searching for scholarships, assessing their interests, and more importantly, celebrating with them when they receive great news!  There are some days when I admit there is a feeling of am I doing enough for my students at Hixson, and then am reminded of a quote by Marian Wright Edelman that says,  “We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”  I have decided to keep making those small daily differences because my students deserve nothing less.

— Helen Richard, Hixson High School College Advisor